University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix has established itself over the years as a leader among for-profit colleges.  The school has campuses in both Seattle and Portland that offer its Master of Business Administration.  Unlike many for-profit MBAs, the University of Phoenix program is accredited by the ACBSP.  One way that University of Phoenix has been able to differentiate itself is by offering its students maximum convenience on program options, admissions, transfer credits, etc.
  Another convenience are multiple concentration areas, including some that are not offered by most other colleges and are designed to lead directly to certain professional certifications, like Project Management.  Campuses are strategically sited in host cities for easy access by working professionals.  Most classes are offered in an evening, part-time format.  Students can expect to earn the University of Phoenix MBA in 18 to 24 months at a cost of $25,000 to $30,000.

The Life:  University of Phoenix seems to be about making the attainment of a degree as convenient of possible for people who are less concerned about a graduate college experience.  Students will likely find MBA cohorts who also attend to personal and professional lives and seek this convenience.  Due to this fact, students should have opportunities to network with other working professionals.

Drawbacks:  For-profit colleges in general carry a negative stigma among some employers.  Though University of Phoenix has come a long way to define its business program, perhaps most importantly by gaining ACBSP accreditation, prospective students should weigh all considerations.

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